Thought I'd introduce myself too. Warning: LONG post.....read at your own risk of EXTREME boredom!
My name IS really Alison, but I am "Ali" to most friends and have ALways been plain "Al" to my family. I use "Ali&son(s)" here because, like "picklenose", I the parent of TWO sons (12 & 14) who stand OVER my shoulder reading ALL my messages & posts, and have to be into EVERYTHING I do regarding Al. But, of course, they LOVE to say Mom is the ONE obsessed with "Weird Al" ..........yada yada yada!
Last spring we all traveled to ALCON and this summer we are ALL going to the concerts together. My DREAM of tour hopping with a group of fellow middle aged "Al obsessed gals" has once again fallen through.
My husband also loves to push my buttons about Al. He is more of a "closet fan" like the boys. Still, reading glasses perched on his nose- he read every last bit of info on PH the minute he came home from work Tuesday. And every since Kilborn-he has enjoyed torturing me with "that's not my cup of tea" comments! :crazy:
So, it seems we are a family of WAY fans, but I am the one willing to go public. Trust me- it was my son, NOT me who had to scour the internet in search of PH tracks BEFORE May 20th, he was the HOOLIGAN- not me!
Anyway- I am one of the more "senior" fans here. Yep- WAY over 13......in fact I am a few years OLDER than Al and the band! My earlier music was a WIDE variety- Beatles, Cream, Hendrix with a BIG emphasis on Zappa and Jefferson Airplane. In fact, I was somewhat of an Airplane "groupie" and as a teen tried to "sneak" out to every concert I could. I followed them into the Starship years, but never was a fan of their music once the '80s hit.
Growing up on Long Island, I was fortunate to see a huge number of incredible shows in the late 60's and 70's. Hendrix and Zappa at the Filmore East, Doors somewhere on Staten Island......Airplane all over the place, Beach Boys, Turtles ........well the FREE concerts in Central Park were fantastic back then! After college, in my former life
, I lived outside of Boston with my ex ( a blues drummer) . Long story- NO need to go into detail, but I did work an extra job ( or two) as sole support of the band and to keep my ex supplied with necessary drum sticks and heads. (Local gigs = uncovered expenses) Hey- at least I can laugh
about it now!
I have been living in south-western New Hampshire for about 24 years. I work the 7pm-7am shift as a nurse in the local ER. I Love my job. Well, that's what I tell myself anyway. I do get an enormous sense of satisfaction helping save lives. The health care CRISIS itself is downright frustrating!
In the late 80's and early 90's I was some what outta the loop for music in general. Real life got in the way. My older son spent 3+ years on chemotherapy and we are blessed with his remission from leukemia. Our struggles with issues, such as this, have made Al and his music even more important to our family. We learned long ago that life is too important to be taken too seriously. I mean, of course, NOT to sweat the small stuff.
Most of our family and friends think we are all NUTS. We like that! We will be traveling to Tonawanda for our first show (spending part of the week vacationing with Debby's "Justmac27" family). We are also getting to the Hampton Beach (love that venue), Westbury (both) and Woodstock shows. Wish we could see more, but that IRL job gets in the way!
Well- I am sure this was MUCH more than you ever wanted to know.....but I have to add
......maybe I NEVER got to see a Beatles, Stones or Ozzy concert
BUT...... I did GET to see Boy George in 1984! LOL ( dragged by a younger friend BUT you know........ I LOVED the show! )